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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday launched the ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India mission). The mission seeks participation of all citizens from different age group in order to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of ‘clean India’.

The ‘abhiyan’ was launched on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary.

The Prime Minister also administered cleanliness pledge to 125 crore Indians on this occasion.

He also used a broom and shovel to clean the ground of the Valmiki Sadan, a Dalit colony at Mandir Marg in national capital.

According to the 2011 Census, only 32.70 per cent of rural households had access to toilets. According to a UN report released this year, India continues to have the largest number of people in the world defecating in the open.

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Swachh Bharat or Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is a national level campaign by the Government of India, covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructureof the country.This campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself wielded broom and cleaned a road. The campaign is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India participated in this event.The mission was started by Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, nominating nine famous personalities for this campaign, and they take up the challenge and nominate nine more people and so on(like the branching of a tree). It has been carried forward since then with famous people from all walks of life joining it.
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